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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: RB De’Anthony Thomas. The freshman is a touchdown machine, with 11 through his first eight college games. The 11 TDs is tied for the most by any true freshman in the country. Thomas’ versatility as a receiver and runner makes him arguably more of a threat than fellow backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner.

Washington: RB Chris Polk. Their rivals from Washington State created a pretty good blueprint last week against the Ducks, holding possession for more than 40 minutes and keeping the game close into the fourth quarter. If the Huskies want to follow suit, they’ll do it relying on Polk. He scored 5 TDs and became the first Washington player with 100 yards rushing and receiving last week vs. Arizona.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oregon’s seven-game win streak is the longest in the series for either school. All seven Oregon wins have been by more than 20 points. … Oregon head coach Chip Kelly needs one win to move into fifth on Oregon’s all-time list. He has 29. … Washington will play this year’s Apple Cup and the entire 2012 season across town at CenturyLink Field _ home of the Seattle Seahawks _ while Husky Stadium is renovated. … Washington has just one win in its last 13 games against Top 10 opponents. That win was a 16-13 upset of No. 3 USC in 2009.

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No. 7 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) vs. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC).

Line: Oklahoma by 13 1/2.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 18-11.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma is out for revenge after losing at Texas A&M last season, but more importantly needs wins to keep its Big 12 and revived national championship hopes alive. The Aggies are trying to bounce back again after blowing a double-digit lead in the second half for the third time this season.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma offensive line vs. Texas A&M pass rush. The Sooners are tied for the Bowl Subdivision lead with only three sacks allowed in more than 350 pass attempts by Landry Jones but will be tested by Big 12 sacks leader Sean Porter and an A&M pass rush that’s second in the nation with 30 sacks _ behind only Oklahoma’s 34.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: RB Roy Finch. With starter Dominique Whaley out for the season with a broken ankle, the 5-foot-7 sophomore becomes more of a focal point although the Sooners will also use Brennan Clay and Brandon Williams in the backfield. Finch has averaged 144 yards from scrimmage the past two weeks.

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